MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
At United Disability Care we provide support to people with both high and complex needs both in the community and in supported independent living (SIL) accommodation.
We also are able to help with bridging the gap between moving out of hospital and into a SIL environment or SIL accommodation.
We are able to create an accommodation environment (SIL) for people in the community, transitions that are individualised. Support that is individualised based on each person’s needs.
Like physical health, everyone is different and each person is impacted at different levels. Mental health provides challenges which can lead to difficulties in coping with everyday life. Supporting mental wellbeing allows those who need help to receive that support.
Supported Independent Living Accommodation
We are able to create an accommodation environment with Supported Independent Living (SIL) for people in the community that need assistance with transitions from as little as 1 week, 3 months or longer. This can also apply to those that have been in a hospital environment that would like to go back to residential housing but still need the daily 1:1 support and/or active night support.
The houses are shared accommodation so all residents must be able to live with other people. Either 2 or 3 bedroom houses are sought to ensure affordability for residents. Each resident will still have their 1:1 support worker but live in the house with others. Creating a SIL house is a very personalised process, please contact the team so they can discuss the options with you and help you get what you need.
Understanding Mental Health and Mental Illness
Some of the mental health terms have different meanings for different people.
Mental health – the overall state of mental well being a person is experiencing. Just as everyone has a state of physical health, everyone also has a state of mental health, which varies over time and in response to things we experience.
Mental distress – a term used describe experiences a person may be having rather than a diagnostic term.
This can occur at any point of the wellness to illness spectrum.
Mental illness – a clinically diagnosable illness. The diagnosis of mental illness is generally made by professionals according to the classification systems, such as the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). Mental illnesses are diverse and can have varying degrees of severity.
When referring to people, the preferred terminology is “person/people with lived experience of mental illness” or you might refer to a specific diagnosis, for example “person with lived experience of Bipolar disorder”, rather than saying “mentally ill person” or “Bipolar person”.
Mental ill-health – when our ability to think, feel and respond to others is negatively affected. This often occurs in response to life events and stressors and may resolve over time or when stress is reduced.
If it is ongoing or getting worse, mental
ill-health may be a sign mental illness.